Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Shimmering: Ka 'Olili by Keola Beamer

Synopses:  from the product description
Voted one of the best books of 2002 by the Honolulu Advertiser. This collection of original stories of island adventures and contemporary legends speak of the place where modern and ancient Hawaii meet.

My thoughts:
Keola Beamer is more widely known for his ki ho'alu (slack key) music, but in this collection of short stories, Beamer puts his story telling abilities to words. The stories run the gamut, from a haole (caucasian) scientist working up at Volcanoes National Park who becomes Kamapua'a, Pele's lover, to Beamer's own hysterical shenanigans with his hanai brother Kaliko trying to create a prize-winning documentary on the camera shy a'ama crabs. Beamer uses his family's original chants to add depth to these modern stories.

In a sentence. . .
The Shimmering is a modern Hawaiian blend of urban and mythical realities.

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